Falls Awareness Week 17th-21st June 2013

Put your best foot forward for Age UK’s
Falls Awareness Week 2013

Monday 17 – Friday 21 June 2013

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (FT) in partnership with Bolton Council and Age UK will be holding a week of “Best Foot Forward” events as part of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013. The events range from stands on Farnworth and Bolton Market on Monday and Tuesday, to half days talking to residents in various extra care housing schemes across Bolton for the rest of the week, with Thursday and Friday morning spent at the One Stop Shop in Bolton town centre and Thicketford active aging centre respectively. Each event will have an activity demonstration to show the benefits of healthy feet and good balance. It will also offer ferrule exchanges for walking sticks and Zimmer frames and advice on healthy feet and fall prevention. People in later life and practitioners from across Bolton are invited to join in to find out what they can do to help prevent falls and improve later life. The aim is get people to put their ‘best foot forward’ by keeping their feet healthy to prevent falls in later life. As well as keeping feet in good shape, the event will show that there are a whole range of simple things that can reduce the risk of a fall.

Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013 will highlight how important it is for everyone to keep their feet healthy in order to maintain mobility and independence throughout life. Foot conditions can result in foot pain, which in turn can cause problems with balance, walking and sensation in the feet – all of which can lead to falls. With around 30% of over-65s and 50% of those aged over 80 falling every year, Age UK is calling on older people to attend local activities during Falls Awareness Week to learn how to prevent falls and keep feet healthy all year round.

Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General at Age UK, said: “Foot pain and falls are not inevitable as we get older. There are lots of things that we can do to help prevent falls and keep our feet healthy throughout life – from simply having regular foot checks to wearing well-fitting shoes. During the Week, people will be able to find out more about how to look after their feet and how to do simple exercises that could help prevent falls.

“Events such as Best Foot Forward held in support of Falls Awareness Week are crucial in helping everyone understand how to reduce the risk of falling and how to maintain mobility and independence as we grow older.”

During Falls Awareness Week Age UK will be supporting events across the country highlighting how important it is to look after your feet, as well as the benefits of staying active in later life. To download Age UK’s free ‘Staying Steady’ and ‘Healthy Living’ guides, and to find out more information about Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013 and what’s happening in your local area, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/falls or call 0800 169 6565.

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